I agree about the quick stir fry or, better still, steaming. However, it has come to light in our household that microwaving certain veggies increases their sweetness. My Mom is currently a HUGE fan of nuking corn on the cob- a bit of water in a covered dish, zapped for a while, and buttered, and your corn will come out quite tasty. I think some of the same goes for carrots.
I do love sweet corn. When I was a kid there were times our entire meal consisted solely of sweet corn! We've been using the microwaving trick for corn on the cob for awhile now. We shuck the outer layers, put them in the microwave, nuke for about a minute per ear, rotate ears and then nuke for another minute per ear. Works great and tastes good.
Dannyalcatraz said:In addition, sometimes bitterness can be attributed to the age of the veggie in question. Bell peppers change RADICALLY in flavor as they age- young ones can be quite sweet, while the older ones have the classic pepper taste that makes them invaluable in fajitas.
Bell peppers are liked by Mrs. IronWolf and IronPup, so we have those around frequently. Even on times they say they are especially good I have tried them and found them on the bitter side.
I have had them in fajitas, but eating them straight hasn't suited my taste buds.
Dannyalcatraz said:Carrots are another prime example of this. Baby carrots can be amazingly sweet. You might try those.
I've had baby carrots, but maybe I just didn't have good ones. I'll listen for when Mrs. IronWolf and IronPup are saying how good the next batch of baby carrots is and give them another shot.
Dannyalcatraz said:Finally, always make sure the stuff you're cooking is both ripe and in season (frozen stuff should be fine). Either factor can affect flavor.
We actually belong to a CSA where the farm veggies are delivered to us from a local farm. So we get fairly high quality veggies through our house, I just haven't been able to convince my taste buds to like them.